South East show guideBy Chris Williams. Published: 22nd Oct 2004, 12:28:16 | Permalink | Printable
A gentle eventAs exhibitors make a hasty voyage to Guildford tonight to set up their stands, this weekend's South East show is well and truly upon us. The event hasn't quite enjoyed the same level of publicity that previous shows have had, but if you are going, here's what to expect from this year's exhibitors:
Icon Technology [www.icontechnology.net]
Icon will be releasing version 8.30 of EasiWriter and TechWriter, which are 32bit compatible. The word processing software can import Artworks documents and now export them as MS Word and HTML files. It can also now auto-save, read WMF files natively, and features an updated configuration system, a 32bit EuclidX module so animations can be viewed in the documents, support for EFF's magic handwriting font manager and various bug fixes. This update is free for version 8 users, and costs 25 quid if you own version 7.
Mathmagical, run by drobe.co.uk writer Martin Hansen, will be demonstrating and selling a new software product: Artgraph. This takes mathematical formula and generates visually appealing graphs, as shown in the screenshots on the right (click on a thumbnail for the full size). Martin told us, "ArtGraph runs on anything from an A5000 onwards, but StrongARM speeds and above are recommended. At Guildford I'll demonstrate it running on an A6 (in the red corner) and on an Iyonix (in the blue)."
R-Comp are best known for their pre-show news rush, and this year is no exception: their Dialup and NetFetch software now incorporates Hermes, an email agent which is best explained by the developers themselves: "Hermes has been designed to support the latest security and technological requirements of email (eg. all the different flavours of authorised SMTP, secure aPOP mail fetches and more). Many internet providers (eg. BT internet) are now requiring the use of such features, and we feel it is imperative that RISC OS continues to excel in the email field." Hermes also does other stuff you'd expect from an email fetcher, like fetching from multiple mailboxes.
MusicMan 1.40 has been quietly released to end users, and now allows users to more easily convert batches of audio files into MP3 format. R-Comp have also slashed the prices of their games range for the show, (essentially Doom, Heretic/Hexen, Syndicate, Abuse and others), and have promised to hold the prices down for the week following the show, if you can't make it.
The Aemulor team will be demonstrating Aemulor Pro, CinoDVD and new app Geminus. Neil Spellings of Aemulor told us, "[Ameulor and Geminus] will be on our stand at Guildford, along with Cino which has progressed a little, although not as much as we'd of liked. However, we are very pleased with Geminus (another RISC OS first) and think the public will like it too as it fills a genuine need." More details on Geminus to follow tomorrow, we're told.
MW Software [www.mw-software.com]
Featuring graduated transparency, CMYK ink simulation, magnetic objects and other goodies, Artworks 2.3 will be on sale at the event, but can also be ordered online or via post.
Serious Statistical Software are in the process of 32bitting their software, and are on the look out for beta testers. Incidentally, Robin Edwards of SSS has been using his software to critically examine the climate data used as the basis of the Kyoto protocol.
Unix Porting Project [www.chocky.org/unix/]
The Unix Porting Project (managed by Peter Naulls, a drobe.co.uk editor), will be giving a theatre presentation about the project including how it came about, some of the processes in converting software from Unix to run on RISC OS as well as some future plans. Linux for Iyonix and RiscPC computers will also be available on CD or on a hard disc ready to fit in a suitable Iyonix.
CJE Micros [www.cjemicros.co.uk]
CJE will have the usual in stock, plus compact media storage readers, PCI TV cards and a 32bit compatible version of ImageFS2 - an image conversion application.
Show veterans APDL will have a new version of Topologoka's 'Tiny Art' package on sale as well as updated versions of many of the other Topologika titles at show bargain prices, plus the latest 32 bit versions of Schema2 and DrawWorks, and also the Alligata book "First Steps with RISC OS". A 32bit upgrade version of Schema2 can be downloaded from here.
Finnybank's bi-monthly magazine (well, effectively bi-monthly), Qercus will be exhibiting and running various special offers. Editor John Cartmell commented: "Obviously lots of changes since we were last at Guildford - the negotiations for us to buy Acorn User didn't start until soon after last year's show."
And the rest
And let's not forget Castle, RISCOS Ltd., ITC, EFF, Armclub and Archive, who'll also be there but turned down the opportunity of free PR that shameless articles like this one offer. There'll also be the usual charity stand and theatre presentations from Castle, RISCOS Ltd., Qercus and the Unix Porting Project - plus, a question and answers session with Castle and RISCOS Ltd. bosses which could turn out to be eye opening.
The event, hosted by the SASAUG in the Guildford College in Surrey, opens tomorrow (23rd October) at 10am and closes at 4pm. If you're going to the show, feel free to drop us an email afterwards to tell us how it went, what you saw and heard, and throw in any photos you might have snapped. Have a safe journey.
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